Coronavirus Update Blog

Continuing Updates from UDLC about the Coronavirus Outbreak

UDLC Coronavirus Response: Sunday Worship Canceled, March 12th

Dear UDLC Members and Friends,
 
I wrote to you on Tuesday evening with the first steps we were taking to respond to the Coronavirus. This included canceling all meetings, small groups, and group activities until March 24th, when we would reevaluate.
 
Since that time, we have continued to monitor this quickly developing situation. We have reviewed public health recommendations and we have received insightful guidance from knowledgeable leaders in the fields of emergency preparedness, healthcare, government, and education.
 
It has become clear to us that the situation with the Coronavirus is going to get worse before it gets better. The last thing we want to do is put anyone at risk, and one of the most effective ways of lowering the impact and spread of the virus is through social distancing. Therefore, the Church Council has decided that we will cancel Sunday worship services for the next two weeks (March 15 and 22), giving us time to better see how this situation develops and reevaluate.
 
Canceling Sunday Worship is a significant step and not at all taken lightly. We had initially hoped to host services with modifications that would allow us to safely gather as a community. We have realized that those modifications will not be sufficient in light of what we now understand about the Coronavirus.

 
Here’s how I look at this. What does Jesus call us to do? Jesus calls us to love and serve our neighbors and to care for the most vulnerable in our communities. This is exactly what we are doing by canceling worship. We, as a church, are taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of the Coronavirus on our neighbors and community, and we are protecting those who are most vulnerable to the virus, namely seniors and those with medical conditions.
 
In lieu of our regular in-person Sunday worship services these next two weeks, we will be hosting online worship at 10am. We will be sending out information about how to watch and participate soon. We will make it as easy and accessible as possible to tune in during this time. We will also make all the resources from our online worship available on our website and via email afterwards.
 
Staff Working Remotely
I have instructed our staff to prepare to be able to work remotely, as needed, during these upcoming two weeks. We are fortunate that we can do this effectively thanks to the technology improvements we made last year, including new laptops, cloud-based document storage and collaboration tools, and Breeze.
 
Nursery School
The Nursery School is still in session and we are awaiting guidance from Upper Dublin School District. We have been in contact with the Montgomery County Department of Public Health and we are operating under their guidelines. We are in close communication with our families.
 
Caring for Neighbors
We recognize that Sunday worship is a time during which we share our joys, concerns, and prayer requests. Please help us be aware of those in need or how we can support you during this time. You can email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will also have opportunities to share during our online worship.
 
Please Give
Precautions related to the Coronavirus will have an impact on our activities and gatherings. We recognize that they may also have a negative impact on our giving. Please continue to give and support our ministries. Although our activities may be curtailed for a time, our fixed expenses for our ministries, staffing, and building operations continue. Thank you for your continued support!

More Information
For more information, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and get local MontCo updates at https://data-montcopa.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19
 
Arustasha
This past Sunday, our Seminarian, Lindsay Bates, preached on Psalm 121, and shared a song she learned at camp called Arustasha. This is reminder to her that God is always very near to us, even in times of anxiety, fear, worry, and vulnerability. I encourage you to give it a listen. It was a timely message, so let me close with that same psalm, a song about the assurance of God’s protection:
 
Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time on and forevermore.
 
Blessings and Peace in these Strange Days,
Pastor Keith

 

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